Guardian erroneously claims Israel “censored” book by Dorit Rabinyan.

UK Media Watch

Last year, a decision by a professional pedagogic body not to include the novel ”Borderlife” by Dorit Rabinyan – which features a Israeli-Palestinian love affair – in the Israeli high school curriculum was mischaracterised by Times of London as a “ban”. 

We prompted a correction to Times of London article – as did our colleague at BBC Watch to a similar claim at BBC Radio – after demonstrating to editors that there was in fact no such “ban”.

  • Israelis are free go to bookshops anywhere in the country and purchase the book.
  • The book made it to the Israeli best seller’s list.
  • Israeli students can borrow the book from libraries.
  • Israeli teachers in advanced literature classes across the country are free to assign the book to their students if they choose.   

Yesterday, the Guardian committed a similar error, in a story by their Jerusalem correspondent, Peter…

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